Why Home Prices Are Increasing
There are many unsubstantiated theories as to why home values are continuing to increase. From those who are worried that lending standards are again becoming too lenient (data shows this is untrue), to those who are concerned that ...
Posted by Agent Connect on April 27, 2018 in For Buyers
Existing Home Sales Grow Despite Low Inventory
According to the latest Existing Home Sales Report from the National Association of Realtors, sales grew 1.1% in March to an annual pace of 5.60 million.
This is the strongest pace since November of 2017.
Posted by Agent Connect on April 26, 2018 in For Sellers
“Short of a war or stock market crash…”
This month, Arch Mortgage Insurance released their spring Housing and Mortgage Market Review. The report explained that an increase in mortgage rates and/or home prices would impact monthly payments this way:
A 5% increase in ...
Posted by Agent Connect on April 25, 2018 in For Buyers
New Study Shows ‘Best States for Millennials’
A new study by WalletHub used “30 key metrics, ranging from share of millennials to millennial unemployment rate to millennial voter-turnout rate” to find out which states are the ‘Best States for ...
Posted by Agent Connect on April 24, 2018 in For Buyers
Thinking of Selling Your Home? Why You Need A Pro in Your Corner
With home prices on the rise and buyer demand strong, some sellers may be tempted to try and sell their homes on their own (FSBO) without using the services of a real estate professional.
Real estate agents are trained and experienced in ...
Posted by Agent Connect on April 23, 2018 in For Sellers
Buying a Home Is Cheaper Than Renting in the Majority of the US
The results of the 2018 Rental Affordability Report from ATTOM show that buying a median-priced home is more affordable than renting a three-bedroom property in 54% of U.S. counties analyzed for the report.
The updated numbers ...
Posted by Agent Connect on April 20, 2018 in For Buyers
Slaying Myths About Buying A Home
The average down payment for first-time homebuyers is only 6%!
Despite mortgage interest rates being over 4%, rates are still below historic numbers.
88% of property managers raised their rents in the last 12 months!
The credit ...
Posted by Agent Connect on April 19, 2018 in For Buyers
Is Family Mortgage Debt Out of Control?
Some homeowners have recently done a “cash out” refinance and have taken a portion of their increased equity from their house. Others have sold their homes and purchased more expensive homes with larger mortgages. At the same time, ...
Posted by Agent Connect on April 18, 2018 in For Buyers
How Much Do You Need to Make to Buy a Home in Your State?
It’s no mystery that cost of living varies drastically depending on where you live, so a new study by GOBankingRates set out to find out what minimum salary you would need to make in order to buy a median-priced home in ...
Posted by Agent Connect on April 17, 2018 in For Buyers
Rising Prices Help You Build Your Family’s Wealth
Over the next five years, home prices are expected to appreciate, on average, by 3.6% per year and to grow by 18.2% cumulatively, according to Pulsenomics’ most recent Home Price Expectation Survey.
So, what does this ...
Posted by Agent Connect on April 16, 2018 in For Buyers
Getting Pre-Approved Should Always Be Your First Step
In many markets across the country, the number of buyers searching for their dream homes greatly outnumbers the number of homes for sale. This has led to a competitive marketplace where buyers often need to stand out. One way to show you ...
Posted by Agent Connect on April 13, 2018 in For Buyers
The COST of Your Next Home Will Be LESS Than Your Parents’ Home Was
There is no doubt that the price of a home in most regions of the country is greater now than at any time in history. However, when we look at the cost of a home, it is cheaper to own today than it has been historically....
Posted by Agent Connect on April 11, 2018 in For Buyers
What Is Private Mortgage Insurance (PMI)?
When it comes to buying a home, whether it is your first time or your fifth, it is always important to know all the facts. With the large number of mortgage programs available that allow buyers to purchase homes with down payments below 20%, you ...
Posted by Agent Connect on April 9, 2018 in For Buyers
VA Loans by the Numbers
Since the creation of the VA Home Loans Program, 22 million veterans have been able to achieve the American Dream of homeownership.
In 2017, $188 billion was loaned to veterans and their families through the program.
Posted by Agent Connect on April 5, 2018 in For Buyers
House Prices: Simply a Matter of Supply & Demand
Why are home prices still rising? It is a simple answer. There are more purchasers in the market right now than there are available homes for them to buy. This is an example of the theory of “supply and demand” which is defined ...
Posted by Agent Connect on April 4, 2018 in For Buyers
What Should You Look for In Your Real Estate Team?
How do you select the members of your team who are going to help make your dream of owning a home a reality? What should you be looking for? How do you know if you’ve found the right agent or lender?
The most important characteristic that ...
Posted by Agent Connect on April 2, 2018 in For Buyers